Definition of clumsy
- clumsy fingers
- a clumsy joke
- a clumsy contraption
- criticized her sentence for its clumsy construction
I'm sorry about spilling your wine—that was very clumsy of me.
I have very clumsy hands and tend to drop things.
She made a clumsy attempt at a joke.
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First Known Use: circa 1598See Words from the same year
agitated, bothered, chagrined, dismayed, disquieted, distressed, disturbed, fazed, flustered, jittery, jumpy, mortified, nervous, nonplussed (also nonplused), perturbed, rattled, unhinged, unsettled, upset;
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